(Alexander) Serge Lourie (born 22 February 1946) is a former Leader of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames,[1] where he was a local government councillor from 1982 to 2010.[1] He was Chairman of the United Kingdom Housing Trust,[2] Kingston Hospital NHS Trust[3] and Sanctuary Housing Association.[4] He has also been the General Secretary of Help the Aged[5] and a board member of the London Pensions Fund Authority[6][7] and the Notting Hill Housing Trust.

Alexander Serge Lourie
Born (1946-02-22) 22 February 1946 (age 73)

Early life and educationEdit

Lourie was born on 22 February 1946. His mother was Anna Rootchenko.[8] He was educated at St Paul's School, London[9] and Worcester College, Oxford[10] (1965–68), graduating from the University of Oxford with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.[11]


Lourie qualified as a chartered accountant with Cooper Brothers in 1971 (now PricewaterhouseCoopers)[12] and was a Labour Party member of Westminster City Council (1971–74)[13] and the Greater London Council (1973–77)[14] where he was chair of scrutiny and vice-chair of finance.

He was elected as an SDP–Liberal Alliance councillor for Kew on Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council in 1982, becoming a Liberal Democrat following the merger of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Liberal Party in 1988. In 1990, he was re-elected as a Liberal Democrat. [1] Lourie spent fourteen years as Leader, and also served as Deputy Leader and Leader of the Opposition. He lost his seat in 2010.

In 1989 he was awarded a fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. From 1990 and 1994 he chaired the London Boroughs Grants Committee, awarding grants of around £29m to the voluntary sector in London.[15] He was a board member of the London Tourist Board where he deputised for the chairman, Sir John Egan. He chaired the Independent Panel on members' remuneration for the Association of Police Authorities[16] and was a member of the Metropolitan Police Committee.[17]

He is a board member of Richmond Charities[18] and of Kew Community Trust[19] as well as chairing Poems in the Waiting Room,[20] a British charity providing poetry cards to doctors' waiting rooms in England and Wales. He was a patron of Cultural Co-operation, a charity that ran world music festivals.

In 2015, he was appointed Chairman of the Charity Appeal Committee of Kingston Hospital to raise £750,000 to improve the treatment of patients with dementia.[21]

Personal lifeEdit

He lives in Kew, London and is married with two children.[11] He is a regular runner, having completed five marathons, and he runs frequently in the Richmond Park parkrun.[8] He is of Russian extraction and is the great grandson of Lev Philippovitch Wolkenstein.


  1. ^ a b c Wickham, Chris (14 May 2010). "Ex-Richmond Council leader Serge Lourie loses seat after 28 years". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  2. ^ UKHT Annual Report 1987. United Kingdom Housing Trust.
  3. ^ Annual Report 31 March 2001. Kingston Hospital NHS Trust.
  4. ^ Annual Reports 1989–92. Sanctuary Housing Association.
  5. ^ Annual reports 1976 and 1977. Help the Aged.
  6. ^ "London Pension Fund Authority – new appointments to Board". Local Government Chronicle. 15 July 1998. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Livingstone revamps Pension Fund Board". Local Government Chronicle. 7 July 2001. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Ex council leader to run the Virgin Money London Marathon for Alzheimer's Research UK". Alzheimer's Research UK. 30 March 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  9. ^ Old Pauline Club Directory 2010.
  10. ^ Bate, Jonathan & Goodman, Jessica (2014). Worcester: Portrait of an Oxford College. Third Millennium Information. p. 216. ISBN 1906507724.
  11. ^ a b Early, Catherine (9 March 2007). "Parking charge pioneer". Planning Resource. Haymarket Media Group Ltd. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  12. ^ PriceWaterhouseCoopers Alumni London Directory. PriceWaterhouseCoopers. p. 147.
  13. ^ "All members of Westminster City Council". Westminster City Council Election Results. www.election.demon.co.uk. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  14. ^ GLC Minutes 1976. Greater London Council.
  15. ^ Minutes 1990–1994. London Boroughs Grants Scheme.
  16. ^ Lourie, Serge (October 2001). Report of the Independent Panel on Police Authority Members' Allowances. Association of Police Authorities. p. 3.
  17. ^ "Home Secretary announces new members of Metropolitan Police Committee" (Press release). Central Office of Information. 29 July 1998. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Trustees". Richmond Charities. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  19. ^ "Kew Community Trust". Companies in the UK.
  20. ^ "Contact us". Poems in the Waiting Room.
  21. ^ Sharman, Jon (14 April 2015). "Kingston Hospital to launch £750,000 fundraising appeal to improve dementia patients' stay". Surrey Comet. Retrieved 7 May 2016.